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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 24
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2001)
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Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a decent head that produced some light lacing. The aroma was mild - sweetness and spice detected. The flavor was sweet and was nicely balanced with spice and decent bitterness. The mouthfeel was smooth with a dry finish. The spices and malt rode the tongue well after swallowing. The is a medium bodied beer with nice carbonation levels. Not the best abbey triple, but a drinkable version.

Gavage, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The body is beautiful and enticing. It is orange, thick, and murky, with good, active carbonation. The head was just the right size, not too small and not explosive, and left a permanent white fluffy pool at the top. Awesome.

Smell – This one is very pungent. The yeast is especially sharp and mixes well with the big chardonnay alcohol odor. The typical orange is huge here as well along with monster coriander.

Taste – This is terrific. I was concerned that the stingy alcohol from the nose would ruin the flavors, but they stepped back at the taste. The yeast and spices come on strongly but it is the classic orange notes that steer this ship.

Mouthfeel – I enjoy my Abbey Tripels well carbonated, and this one fits the bill. It’s not Hefe Weizen big, but it is fluffy enough to slow down the drinker. This is a heavy hitter, too, being almost full in the body.

Drinkability – This is a large, sipping Abbey Tripel that improves with warmth. It hit the spot just right for me as a Saturday afternoon snack.

Comments – I have found that my preferences with this particular style stray a little bit from the norm. Where as this one is running a 3.8 or so average I thought it was much better.

RoyalT, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

very cloudy with a good amount of sediment. There was not much of a head, but decent lacing. Hints of honey and malt in the aroma. There is a burnt sugar taste that turns dry in the aftertaste. This beer is lacking a few things. There is very little carbonation and the taste isn't well balanced. I just had a Karmeliet Tripel last night and this one is definately not in the same league, but it is not a terrible brew.

ALESwhatCURESya, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow.

Smells strongly of perfume and flowers, and yeast spiciness.

Tastes woody and spicy, but not severely so. Has a BIG floweriness to it, without being sweet, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see bees fight me for this.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good, but this is a different brew.

Zorro, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of Shiredave
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, bright, sparkling gold color, streaming carbonation and a tall, pillowy, snow white head that leaves a text book example of "Belgian lace".
Aroma is lemony hop and sweet , bready malt.
Initially soft and honey-like up front, nearly full bodied and smooth on the tongue with soft pear-like fruitiness. Tangy, earthy hop flavors kicks right in and flood the mouth with dry bittering while doughy sweetness balances perfectly.
Finish is warm and lightly alcoholic w/ mellow dryness and lingering grainy malt.
A Belgian Classic and a great pairing with rich or spicey foods.

Shiredave, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of maxpower
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz capped bottle best before 11/09/05 , pours hazy pale yellow color with a huge foamy white head that sticks to the glass. Banana-clove aroma, honey sweet fruity flavor. It has medium body with a crisp mouthfeel, lively carbonation, finishes very dry and spicy.

maxpower, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of marburg
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright yellowish orange with a small degree of hazing and a big, fluffy white head. Melon, lemon, spicy floral aroma. Citrus jello mold and banana bread. Intense. Very restrained, easy-drinking triple -- fruit flavors are subtle and well-integrated into a sweet, simplistic estery base. Finish cleans up nicely, drops off without being harsh or bitter. Nothing too remarkable -- but maybe that's what makes this so good.

marburg, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of beernbbq
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mildy cloudy yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma is banana-like with other sweet fruits faint in the mix. The taste is not as powerful as some Tripel and Tripel style beers I have had. It seems to vacillate between golden ale and tripel a bit. It goes down easy and smooth but just not as much going on as I woudl have hoped for.

beernbbq, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one beer I have had the pleasure of sampling from a three liter bottle, what an awesome esperience it was delicious. Here we are on tap. Appearance: Golden amber with a very nice frothing white head, fine Belgian lacing forms looks excellent. Aroma: Candied sugar sweetness, belgian pale malts, spicy doses of hops in the air. Taste: Slightly clovey, sweetness comes in the form of an apple cider like alcohol infused soft tone lacking the alcoholic edge it once had this beer has been knocked down to 6.5%. Mouthfeel: Nice even effervescent carbonation lacks a fuller mouthfeel but still is medium bodied, not bad at all. Drinkability: Incredible a session brew if you can afford it at 7 bucks a pop, I will side with an American micro but this is very tasty and incredibly drinkable.

WVbeergeek, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of drewbage
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 330 ml bottle in a Corsendonk Tulip glass.

Beer pours clear and pale golden orange in the glass with a large white stout like head that laces the glass on the way down.

Aroma is of oranges, caramels and a grassy spicy styrian golding type hop punch.

Flavor is first filled with the approach of a creamsicle, all cream and orange with a clean malt structure behind it.

Finish is lightly hoppy with a slightly metallic twang that feels like a cap issue.

Overall a very nice drinking tripel with less character than it's more classic cousins.

drewbage, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy deepish yellow color, murky. Head is flat but an ample 1/4 of an inch and of good duration. Laces in white broad loops. Sharp aroma, lemon skins, hay, and yeastiness. Flavor is more fruity, strays into the fleshy pear and almost plum area. Hops are relatively apparent, decent drying with aspects of white pepper at the close. Somewhat thin in body and undercarbonated -- easy drinking however. A little more fruity and less dry than I usually look for in a Tripel.

Source: Liquid Solutions

ADR, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of byrd
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a cloudy golden color. There’s a good amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. The head is sticky and moderate in size and lingers for a long time. Once the head dissipates, it leaves a nice lace that is fairly think on the surface. Fruity aromas, banana, and candied sugar are evident on the nose. The palate is quite sweet up front and also a little fruity with spice notes. The yeast also makes a definite impression. Slightly bitter, citric finish, but the sweetness is still somewhat apparent. The carbonation is considerable, yet the mouthfeel is still fairly smooth. Body leans towards medium full.

Not a bad brew that tends to be sold at just about every store I walk into. Makes for a good choice when I’m in the mood for a Belgian and can’t seem to find one of the better, less readily available, tripels.

byrd, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lacking in depth for a tripel. A bit on the dry-side, with some pear-like fruit flavors and sourish malt with a bit of clove phenols. Lacked the layers of fruityness or spice that I look for in a tripel. Pleasant and drinkable, but not something that I would search out in the future.

Brent, Oct 21, 2003
Photo of Hex92
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This must be my favorite tripel. Great golden color with a white head. The smell is mellow - just like the beer. The bubbles feel good on the tongue going down. I could swig this stuff down all night. Of course the high alcohol content means that after a couple of 750s you don't need another.

Truly an amazing beer. In my top 20 for sure.

Hex92, Oct 21, 2003
Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blurry straw yellow with a gigantic mound of creamy white foam.
Lemon rinds, dead grass and pepper on the nose.
Taste begins with a light passion fruit sweetness, cut immediately by the peppery yeast. Apples linger throughout. Turns musty, but just for a second. Citrus fruits gain hold. Oranges and lemons. Ends plenty hoppy for a tripel. Golding herbals and bitterness. Depth is a bit limited, but it's hard to argue with what's here.
Effervescent and sparkling. Alcohol content is hidden entirely.
Certainly not the most complicated tripel, but a dryish, quaffable and enjoyable one.
A lawnmower Tripel perhaps? (And a nice one)

cokes, Oct 04, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer but not quite great. It isn't the most complex belgian but it stills tastes really good. It has a light golden color with an enormous head. Very carbonated. The smell is of sour apples. Taste gives me an alcohol precense right away which combines with a citric hop flavor that I'd say resembles peach. There are some malts noticed in the middle but they come and go quickly. This beer finishes nicely with a mild spicy yeast flavor. Simply a quality beer to drink.

granger10, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of BitteBier
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A soft orangish straw color with chill haze. Topped by an average head fed by some active carbonation. Smell dominated by ho-hum grains with just a hint of hops. Given the lackluster smell and the first flavor that hit me (a dusty metallic taste), I suspect the bottle I had was too old. Still, the flavor wasn't bad--just less interesting than other tripels I have had. A fruity (peachy?) flavor that is balanced by crisp hoppiness. A bit warm and dry at the finish. Pleasantly soft mouthfeel and good drinkability round this one out.

BitteBier, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a five finger, white head that leaves a little lace. Pour this VERY slowly. Cloudy, pale amber color. Faint malt/alcohol nose. Carbonation is heavy. Medium bodied. Starts sweet but yeasty and finishes sweet with a hint of bitterness. Very good but I have had better triples. This is brewed by Du Bocq for Corsendonk.

jdhilt, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of putnam
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jagged, off-white head over brass-colored liquid...
Intense, characterful aromas of lemon, pine, cumin, cardamom, anise, ...
The flavors are cotton candy, spring blossoms, honey, semolina, anise, lemon peel, olive, pitch and whole wheat flatbread grilled in butter. It tastes like good grain, mashed and steeped in water...oh, I guess that's what it is! I guess obviousness doesn't earn a penalty. At least it's "good" grain. I was hoping for a little more sourness based on what I smelled. Again, lack of "sour" might sound good to most people. Have you tasted a "Margerita" at a bar or restaurant lately? You'll need more than a "wedge" of lime floating in it...but who am I to judge.

putnam, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a medium head and some lacing on the glass. The aroma smells strongly of wheat and spices with some malts in the background. The flavor was very yeasty with some citrus notes. This is a pretty good Belgian wheat.

clvand0, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
2.73/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on Cinco del Mayo 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
I guess that I would have liked this better on a hot summer day. It has almost a champagne-like fizziness that I just didn't like. I wasn't too impressed. I must say, however, that I couldn't detect the 7.5% ABV

jcalabre, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light straw color, slightly cloudy, large head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A Belgian Triple style ale. Malty and dry, with a distinctive hop signature. Mouthfeel is full and round. Soft carbonation, champagne-like. Finish is dry and clean. Aftertaste is slightly malty

beerguy101, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Cochonne goblet at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Appearance is a light hazy golden amber, with a rather short head, for a belgian beer. I was watching her pour it, and it was very foamy, but the head died down almost immediately. Aroma is definitely malty, with that belgian sweetness. Smells mildly sour, with plenty of fruity goodness and a bit of caramel. Taste is very nice, although not the best belgian I've had by a long shot. Lots of candi sugar, which has an almost saccharine sweetness in this particular beer, faint metallic quality, light clove, fig, and caramel flavors. Nice and complex. Carbonation is mild, with a slightly sour finish. Body is medium to light. This is one of the most ubiquitous belgians in my area, bottle wise. I was meaning to try it when i was first discovering beer, and i wish i had. I've tried so many other belgian abbey style ales that this one just didn't really impress me. Something about it was just a little off. Good, but with a sort of unrefined quality...or something. I can't explain it, but it certainly wasn't as good as some other tripels.

UnionMade, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a goblet. Hazy honey color with a thin white head of tiny bubbles resting on top. Head disapeared right away and left no lacing. Aroma is sweet and doughey, with hints of citrus and sweet candy. Flavor is rich and sweet. Sweet fruit, a bit yeasty. Mouthfeel is a little heavy, carbonation is moderate. A bit rich to be very drinkable.

far333, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice lively pour with a good white head filled with medium to large bubbles. It has that light yellow/orange color with yeast floating in it as is typical of the Abbey Pale Ales I have tried. The head died out and left no lacing before I could even take my first sip. It's aroma mild and fruity. The initial taste was a mild and fruity with a strong carbonation on the tip of my tongue. On subsequent tastes I began to feel the carbonation filling up in my stomach. A nice brew, but the Chimays are better. GF said it was nice and gave it a rating of 3.65, better than the coffee brews LOL!

TheDM, Jul 01, 2003
Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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